McKinlay Shire Council has unveiled two new 'Boundary Rider' style huts coinciding with the reopening of the popular bathhouse tourist attraction at Julia Creek Caravan Park.
The bathhouse capitalises on the therapeutic properties of naturally occurring water from the Great Artesian Basin and the new huts which will provide guests with an extended luxury experience.
They were funded with $245,000 help from the state government's Outback Tourism Infrastructure Fund program aimed at building resilient businesses, regions and communities by creating sustainable new jobs and increasing visitor expenditure.
Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the government was investing in outback tourism and new infrastructure like the artesian baths because the industry has huge potential to create local jobs and stimulate the local economy.
The Julia Creek Caravan Park Artesian Bath and Landscaping Project dovetails off the success of McKinlay Shire Council's $1 million investment in the Park to build the bathhouses which have proven to be a big Instagram hit.
The new project offers guests the chance to enjoy an outback sunset surrounded by native flora and fauna.
The 'Boundary Rider' huts are a salute to the old way of managing stock and fences along the boundaries of adjoining stations.
McKinlay Shire Tourism Portfolio Cr Janene Fegan said the new bathhouses will be highly sought after.
"The existing bathhouses are a proven success which is indicated by increased visitation and expenditure at the Caravan Park and positive feedback Council has received via social media and word of mouth," Cr Fegan said.
"The new set of bathhouses will offer a very unique and luxurious experience as visitors will be soaking their cares away in replica Boundary Rider Huts which are deeply connected with the Shire's History. The construction of the bathhouses also helped support local contractors and small business during a period of downturn following years of drought, the 2019 flood event and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic."
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